Donald Heckman

Director, Defense Cyber Solutions Leader at Guidehouse

Donald Heckman, a cybersecurity subject matter expert, is a Director in Guidehouse’s Advanced Solutions. He is the Defense Cyber Solutions Leader developing and leading strong cybersecurity offerings for Defense sector clients.  He works with Defense clients on all aspects of cyber, ranging from innovative approaches to cyber strategy, policy, security architecture and engineering, to initiatives such as secure IT modernization, Risk Management Framework (RMF) transformation, identity and access management evolution, weapon system cybersecurity, secure information sharing and data protection. Additionally, he leads  the Cybersecurity Solution’s data protection and privacy offerings for Public and Commercial Sector clients. Don brings over 36 years of experience in government leadership, spear-heading cybersecurity and secure information sharing initiatives across the DoD, IC, and National Security sectors.

Prior to joining Guidehouse in 2020, he served in the Pentagon as both the Department of Defense Principal Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity and the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, where he was responsible for overseeing the DoD’s $8 billion cybersecurity program and ensuring compliance with U.S. cybersecurity laws, regulations and standards.  Prior to  this assignment he led two of the largest cybersecurity solutions organizations at the National Security Agency, the Cybersecurity Solutions (CSS) and the Trusted Engineering Solutions (TES) Groups, providing cybersecurity technology and services to the US Armed Forces, DoD and Intelligence agencies, and international allies.

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